An Egyptian cleric known for incendiary rhetoric at a London mosque has denied supporting terrorism as he gave evidence at his US trial. Abu Hamza, 56, on trial under the name Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, also told New York federal court that he would give up freedom if the price was his dignity and beliefs.
The lawyer for a California man facing a terrorism charge says his client has a mental illness that made him vulnerable to a confidential informant. Nicholas Michael Teausant allegedly talked to the informant and an undercover FBI agent about joining a terrorist group and fighting in Syria. But his attorney, Assistant Federal Defender Benjamin Galloway, says in court papers that Teausant's talk was "all hot air," and he took no action to support terrorism other than boarding a train to Washington state, where he was arrested in March.
Terrorist attacks rose 43% worldwide in 2013 despite a splintering of al-Qaida’s leadership and a sprawling global counter-terrorism campaign, according to new statistics released by the State Department on Wednesday. The exposure of Americans to terrorism abroad remained minimal in 2013, with 16 US citizens killed out of 17,891 globally and seven Americans wounded out of 32,577. Almost 3,000 people were kidnapped or taken hostage by terrorists in 2013, and a mere 12 of them were Americans.
Veterans of the war on terrorism say they deserve a monument in downtown Washington to recognize their sacrifices, but they are hindered by a rule that says a conflict must be long finished in order to build a memorial, leading some to wonder how to commemorate a "never-ending war." Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America wants a location by the end of 2015 for a monument to those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, the major battlefields of the war on terrorism.
Egypt should revise draft counterterrorism legislation to protect the right to life and other rights and freedoms guaranteed by its constitution and by international law. “Terrorist attacks are clearly a serious security threat in today’s Egypt, but trampling on fundamental rights won’t make the country safer,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Respect for human rights needs to be at the heart of the battle against terrorism.”
More than a thousand protesters gathered on Monday in the Tunisian town of Jendouba to condemn the weekend killings of four people by suspected Islamist militants. "Tunisia is free, terrorism out," and "Faithful to our martyrs," were among the slogans chanted by the protesters outside the governor's office in the town in northwestern Tunisia, before marching down the main street, an AFP journalist reported.
Abd al-Wahhab al-Humayqani has some advice for Washington. The United States is doing more to stoke terrorism, here in the heartland of al-Qaida’s most active franchise, than to defeat it, he said. What the United States ought to do, he argued, is strengthen Yemen’s state institutions – rather than create enemies by carrying out drone strikes.
Actions that threaten Saudi Arabia’s unity, disturb public order, or defame the reputation of the state or the king – will be considered acts of terrorism under a new counterterrorism law which has come into force in the gulf kingdom. The new legislature was ratified by King Abdullah on Sunday after being approved by the Cabinet in December, following the initial proposal by the Interior Ministry and advisory Shura Council. It defines terrorism as “any act carried out by an offender … intended to disturb the public order…to shake the security of society… stability of the state… expose its national unity to danger… suspend the basic law of governance or some of its articles,” according to its text as cited by Human Rights Watch (HRW).
Militants have stepped up their campaign against security forces in Egypt with a series of explosions in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Six people were killed and some 100 others wounded, with the biggest blast outside Cairo's police headquarters. The attacks come on the eve of the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising against President Hosni Mubarak. Meanwhile, 10 were reported killed in clashes between security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters.
Cuba denounced an annual United States government report for once again designating the central American country as a state sponsor of "terrorism”, a setback for advocates hoping for a change in Washington's Cuba policy this year. The Country Reports on Terrorism, issued on Wednesday by the State Department, continued to list Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria as countries that have "repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism." Cuba has been on the list since 1982.
A committee of 9 deputies working on the draft law on money laundering and the financing of terrorism, already passed in the Senate, is causing a stir, saying Senators had voted for a document full of controversial statutes that compromise democratic gains. Deputies, members of the lower house are refusing to vote for the same terms as the Senators have because of "traps contained in the text", according to one. It is said that the current document equates assault and battery to acts of terrorism and would give foreign countries the right to apprehend Haitian citizens in Haiti for crimes committed in their country and force businesses to reveal trade secrets or be under penalty of prosecution.
A court sentenced the last of Peru’s original Shining Path guerrilla leaders, Florindo Flores Hala, known as “Comrade Artemio,” to life in prison. The panel of judges, which convicted the defendant on charges of terrorism, drug trafficking and money laundering, also ordered him to pay a fine of 500 million soles (some $185 million) in civil damages to the government. The Lima court said Friday the evidence showed Flores Hala was the Shining Path’s top leader in the Upper Huallaga Valley, a jungle region in northern Peru. It also found him guilty of ordering the killings of police and civilians and of being behind the production, processing and sale of drugs for a terrorist group.
In what has become an annual ritual, the United States on Thursday kept Cuba on its list of "state sponsors of terrorism" and Havana reacted angrily, calling it a "shameful decision" based in politics, not reality. Cuba said in a statement that the U.S. government was pandering to the Cuban exile community in Miami against its own interests and the wishes of the American people.
The Argentine prosecutor who charged a handful of former Iranian officials with masterminding the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center accused Iran on Wednesday of "infiltrating" South America and setting up intelligence networks to carry out more terrorist attacks in the region. Alberto Nisman accused Mohsen Rabbani, Iran's former cultural attache in Buenos Aires and a suspect in the attack that killed 85 people, of working continually over the last two decades to develop an intelligence network in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Surinam and Trinidad and Tobago.
A terrorism suspect who went on the run disguised in a burqa has won a surprise legal battle with an appeal court ruling that dealt a major blow to the government's reliance on secret justice measures in cases of national security.
Two men have been arrested over terrorism-related offences in London, police have said. One man, aged 50, was arrested in Westminster on suspicion of encouragement of terrorism and possessing information useful to persons preparing or committing acts of terrorism.
A former Guantanamo Bay detainee was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of terrorism charges tied to the Syrian civil war, British police said. Moazzam Begg, who is a well-known advocate for the rights of terrorism suspects, is suspected of attending a terrorist training camp and facilitating terrorism overseas, cops said. He was one of four people arrested in the Birmingham area of central England.
Royal pardons, signed by the Queen, were granted to escaped IRA terrorists as part of the Northern Ireland peace deal, it has emerged. Republican killers and fanatics who escaped prison and went on the run were allowed to go back to their normal lives without any recall.
A group claiming to be the IRA has said it sent suspect packages to army careers offices last week. The Metropolitan Police said the group made the claim to a media organisation in Northern Ireland on Saturday using a recognised codeword. Four suspected explosive devices were sent to offices in Oxford, Slough, Kent and Brighton last Thursday. Days earlier letter bombs had been delivered to offices in Hampshire, Kent and Berkshire.
As security is tightening throughout China after recent episodes of violence in the country, many of which have been called “terrorist” attacks by the Chinese government and official media outlets, Xinhua reports a clash with police in Aksu, Xinjiang left one suspect dead on Thursday.
Days after a deadly attack in the western region of Xinjiang, China has criticized the United States State Department’s annual terrorism report, saying it wrongly plays down China’s counterterrorism efforts and accusing the United States of holding double standards on terrorist assaults in China.
Police are the “fists and daggers” in the fight against terrorism, China’s President Xi Jinping said on a trip to the western Xinjiang region where authorities say members of a Muslim minority are waging a violent separatist campaign. Xi’s tour, reported in state media late on Monday, was his first to the region since a ruling Communist Party conclave in November in which he ushered in a national security commission to combat foreign and domestic threats.
The ongoing terrorism has forced a large number of Christians, Sikhs and Hindus to settle abroad. In recently held workshops and seminars in Peshawar, representatives of minorities have discussed the reasons behind increasing trends of exodus. It is ironic to mention that Christians are living in Landi Kotal area of Khyber Agency since 19th century, but they are not eligible for domicile certificate which is essential for admission in colleges.
Home grown terrorism in Indonesia may get an extra boost, despite Indonesian anti terrorism agencies making a major effort in the past decade. A recent report from Institute For Policy Analysis of Conflict (Ipac) says that some Indonesian extremists took part in the Syrian conflict, and according to Indonesian officials, have returned to Indonesia. According to the report, for the first time, Indonesians are going overseas to fight, not just to train, as in Afghanistan in the late 1980s and 1990s, or to give moral and financial support, as in the case of Palestine. The numbers are still limited – the Indonesian foreign ministry estimated about 50 in December 2013 but they could rise.
Three Muslim clerics were arrested in police raids on their homes, days after terror alerts were issued in the run- up to Christmas holidays, The Observer has learnt. The Imams, Jamal Kiyemba of Masjid Taq’wa (Zzana), Ismail Ssemakula, the deputy Imam of Masjid Hidaya (Zzana) and another only identified as Muhammad, were arrested between December 25-27 and detained. Jamal Kiyemba, a former US detainee at Guantanamo bay, according to a family source, was arrested on Christmas day from his home at Zzana, a Kampala suburb and detained at the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Kireka on charges of aggravated kidnap and child smuggling.
Seventeen suspected members of the proscribed Islamic fundamentalist group Boko Haram have been arraigned at the Federal High Court in Lagos. They were on Wednesday charged before Justice Ibrahim Buba after another judge of the court Justice Musa Kurya, before whom the suspects were first brought, withdrew from the case. Lagos State government, represented by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) in the Ministry of Justice Mrs Olabisi Odugbesan, charged the suspects with seven counts of alleged terrorism acts and possession of prohibited firearms and ammunition.
More than two dozen rights groups are appealing to Swaziland’s government, calling for the amendment of a terrorism act that they claim has been used to stifle peaceful opposition. Activists in Swaziland say they are aware of at least 15 arrests in the last two months, and say detainees have been beaten and given death threats. The rights groups assert that Swaziland’s Suppression of Terrorism Act has been used to arrest peaceful opponents of the ruling party, and that the law needs to be overhauled to open up freedom of expression.
The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, sentenced Umar Mustapha, mastermind of April 26, 2012 bombing of ThisDay Newspapers in Kaduna, to life imprisonment with hard labour. The convict was also fined the sum of N150 million, which the court ordered should be shared among the families of the three persons who lost their lives in the blast. In the judgment, Justice Ademola Adeniyi, held that the prosecution proved the allegation against Mustapha beyond reasonable doubt.
Four men in Nairobi, Kenya, are facing charges that include harboring terrorists who conducted an attack that left at least 67 people dead in September. The formal charges are the first filed over the assault and standoff at Nairobi's Westgate Mall. One of the men is accused of offering refuge to a gunman after the attack, according to court documents cited in Kenyan media. Authorities say others allowed the attackers to stay at their homes before the attack. At least one of them also faces charges related to false identification documents.
It has been more than three weeks since Nigerian militant group Boko Haram abducted over 230 schoolgirls. On April 14, militants executed their vicious plan by kidnapping these students. Government agencies have failed to track them until now. Luckily, 43 of these girls managed to escape.
As the opening ceremony to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi quickly approaches, the security of both athletes and attendees remain at the forefront of international scrutiny in the wake of three recent bombings which killed 37 people.
Senator Dianne Feinstein argued Wednesday that the successes of the U.S. surveillance state are causing Americans to underestimate the threat of terrorism. What is the average American's assessment of the terrorist threat? How threatened are we? None of us can actually know the answer to either question. A terrorist attack could happen tomorrow, or the next day, or not for years.
In 1986, Dr. George Tiller’s abortion clinic was firebombed. In 1993, Shelly Shannon, member of the Army of God, shot Dr. Tiller in both arms outside his clinic. During her prosecution, she stated there was nothing immoral about her attempt to exterminate Tiller. On her attributed wing of the Army of God website it reads this quote from Genesis: “Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” Dr. Tiller lived for 16 more years until Scott Roeder summarily executed him at point blank range as the doctor ushered at a local church. Roeder’s roommate said that he and Roeder considered themselves members of the Army of God.
What is the price of security? Three billion U.S. dollars, it seems, as far as the Russians are concerned. Even in the midst of an economic slowdown, they have committed unparalleled resources to protect the Sochi Winter Olympics from jihadist terrorists, who largely hail from the turbulent North Caucasus. More than 50,000 police and troops are being deployed, and a “ring of steel” is virtually locking the Games off from the rest of the world. Meanwhile, Russian forces have stepped up their counterinsurgency operations in the North Caucasus, east of Sochi, in the hope that rebels busily avoiding arrest or worse are not going to be planning terrorist attacks.
The Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, was a terrorist act that was preventable, and our government utterly failed us on that awful day. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in particular failed to enforce specific current immigration laws and policies that would have stopped the bombers. DHS also failed to interact/communicate with other government agencies that could have provided information that would have stopped the bombers.
Al Qaeda was originally described as a group of well-organized terrorists, who were quick to use the latest technology and paid attention to logistics and financial matters (fund raising, and staying on top of corruption). That's all generally true, although it’s often ignored that Islamic terrorists, much like the rest of the Islamic world, has big problems with corruption.